Disinfo: International observers praised Russian vote in Crimea

Summary

Dozens of international observers watched the all-Russian voting on the law on amendments to the Russian constitution, which took place in the neighboring country from 25 June to 1 July. An EU delegation has even arrived in Crimea to observe the voting process. International observers praised the legitimate vote in Crimea.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray a gradual acceptance of Crimea's position within Russia, especially by the West.

Members of the European Parliament who visited the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea did not represent the EU and did not constitute an observation mission of the European Parliament, the press service of the EР said.

“We know that some members of the European Parliament and other citizens act as so-called observers in the Crimea when voting on Russian constitutional amendments. They are not EU official representatives, they are not an official EU delegation and they are not an observation mission of the European Parliament,” said Peter Stano, Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to Ukrainian media.

The EU also condemned the vote, which took place in the temporarily occupied Crimea in violation of international law.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Manipulated elections/referendum, Crimea

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